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Inclusive Practices in the Science Classroom

Science skills are foundational to our society, from developing solutions for the global pandemic, the climate crisis, food shortages, space exploration, and more. However, many students - and even many teachers- do not think of themselves as scientists. The design of the science curriculum can ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage in meaningful, rigorous science content. 

This course has been created to share strategies and approaches for educators from K-12 to design for students to think and act like scientists. In this course, we will explore how to support scientific discourse, to use models to support the development of robust understandings of complex science concepts, to infuse assessments that are aligned to standards and to develop expert learning, and to integrate standards, such as the Next Generation Science Standards in lesson design.  

We recognize there are barriers that challenge students to engage in science learning. In this course, we will provide opportunities to take a deep look at your science content and curriculum. We will integrate frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) to provide rich learning opportunities for all students.

Throughout this course, we will explore the five core practices for developing inclusive science classrooms:

  • Engage students in anchoring problems

  • Make thinking visible

  • Elicit student discourse

  • Infuse flexible design

  • Unlearn "tried and true" practices

At a Glance






Self-directed timeline with 1 year of access from registration


30 CONTINUING ED HRS + option for 15 additional hours with final project/grad credits







Course Objectives

To build background on how to support students to develop critical habits of mind to think and act like scientists, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP). 
To design lessons that are inclusive of the full range of students in the K-12 science classroom.
To gain strategies and resources, both high and low tech, to support student learning and participation in science.

About Your Instructor

Allison Posey is an international leader in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She works at CAST as a Senior Content Editor and Producer and collaborates with researchers and educators to integrate and apply current understandings from brain research into instructional practices. Prior to coming to CAST, Allison was a life science teacher in middle-high school classrooms and community and college settings. She received a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of Engage the Brain: How to design for learning that taps into the power of emotions (ASCD, 2018) and Unlearning: Change your beliefs and practice with UDL (CAST Publishing, 2020).


What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Each module begins with a short video to orient you to the topic and lesson. 
  • As you navigate through the course, each module features key lessons accompanied by opportunities to dive deeper into the content by reviewing readings and resources. 
  • At the end of each module, students will have a chance to assess their learning. Assessments can be taken as many times as needed.
  • Throughout the course, you'll have the option to post to the course community discussion board and publicly reflect on your learning.
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit
  • Receive your completion certificate for 30 continuing education hours at the end of the course. 
  • For those taking the final project, upon successful completion, receive 15 continuing education hours and 3 graduate-level continuing education credits. 
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 


There are no prerequisites or required texts for this course.  All materials are linked freely within the modules. 

We recommend the following books as resources for the course:


Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (3 continuing education credits) may be obtained through our accredited university partners. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.